Board of Directors
Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation
Divorce Coach, Mediation, Couples therapy, Parent Coaching
ANNE LUCAS spent 15 years in corporate management before earning her MA in Systems Counseling and entering private practice as a marriage and family therapist. Her work with couples in all stages of relationship as well as her organizational skills made Collaborative Law a perfect match. Over the years Anne's practice has grown to include mediation, parent coaching, therapy, teaching and training. She is the Director and owner of The Evergreen Clinic in Kirkland which consists of an independent group of therapists, psychologists and prescribers all practicing under one roof who provide mental health services to the Eastside. She has a therapy practice where she specializes in couple relationships – premarital, marital, divorce, remarriage and partnership. She works as a Divorce Coach in Collaborative Practice assisting couples in creating healthy divorce options and post-divorce relationships, a parent coach for post-divorce families and as a mediator helping resolve disputes with creative solutions. Anne is a co-founder of the Seattle Collaborative Law Training Group training attorneys, mental health and financial professionals in Collaborative Law locally and across the country. She has served on the Board of King County Collaborative Law as President, is the past president, current Board member of the Collaborative Professionals of Washington, a statewide organization and Board member for the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Anne is adjunct faculty at Saybrook University teaching Master's level students.
Collaborative Divorce Coach, Collaborative Practice Trainer, Family Mediator, Speaker
As a Collaborative Divorce Coach I work as a neutral member of Collaborative Teams to help couples in the Collaborative divorce process to have a healthier divorce for themselves and their children. I believe that families don't belong in court. I work as a peacemaker to coach the parties to improve communication and co-parenting skills and help to manage the process of respectful resolution to conflict. If you are considering divorce or separation, consider the Collaborative process to avoid the adversarial approach. I also work as a trainer to provide basic and advanced trainings in the Collaborative Process.
I am a family lawyer and mediator in Milano, Italy, specialized in helping families throughout conflict situations. I am among the first lawyers trained in collaborative practice in Italy and I am committed to supporting the growth of collaborative practice worldwide.
I am the Past President of AIADC (Associazione Italiana Professionisti Collaborativi) of which I am a member since its foundation in 2010 and I now serve on the board of directors of IACP – International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
Kay is a Barrister in Admiralty Chambers. He studied law in City University of Hong Kong and was called to the Hong Kong Bar in 2008.
Kay’s main areas of practice include criminal law, personal injuries, company and commercial disputes, public law and human rights, medical negligence, family law, land, probate and shipping law.
Kay is currently one of the two Vice Chairmen of the Hong Kong Collaborative Practice Group, a member of the Hong Kong Family Law Association and the Committee on Criminal Law and Procedure of the Hong Kong Bar Association. He is also a trainer for advocacy courses conducted by the Hong Kong Bar and a part-time lecturer for the Department of Professional Legal Education of the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong.
Kay was nominated as a finalist of the IBA Outstanding Lawyer of the Year (2018).
Collaborative Law, Family Law, Financial, Mediation
My family law experience spans over 20 years. My passion for finding out-of-court solutions for clients lead me to study towards a Master of Laws (Family Law Mediation) and I hold a Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution Practice.
Subsequently, I began to practice in Collaborative Practice, after realising the additional and unique benefits it offers to separating couples at what is often a traumatic time of their lives.
The skills I gained in my mediation training have equipped me to work within the "interest based negotiation" model of Collaborative Practice - in particular working with clients to understand what is truly important to them as they move forward with their lives.
I am committed to Collaborative Practice and have been a member of the committees of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals for many years.
I regularly attended training sessions (both nationally and internationally) in an effort to further my knowledge and continue to develop my skills in assisting clients to work towards a positive outcome for their family.
At The Law Offices of Robert J. Merlin, P.A., we are dedicated to using our experience to make a positive difference in our clients' lives. Through client education, a focus on out-of-court resolutions, and a passionate approach to our work, Robert J. Merlin and his associate and staff help guide families through the complex areas of family law and divorce.
Our practice is limited to family law, and we do not litigate any longer. We specialize in the Collaborative Process, mediation, direct negotiations and other methods to facilitate out-of-court settlements. We represent clients in dissolution of marriage matters, paternity matters, the preparation and negotiation of pre- and post-nuptial agreements and settlement agreements and we are available on a consultation basis to clients and other professionals.
Robert J. Merlin is experienced in Collaborative law, mediation and direct settlement negotiations. His firm no longer represents clients in contested litigation because very few cases should ever have to go to court and reasonable people should be able to resolve their differences without doing battle in a court. Bob would prefer to help his clients resolve their differences in a respectful and non-adversarial manner. Robert Merlin is a Florida Bar Board Certified Family Law Specialist, he is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, he has received numerous special trainings in the Collaborative Process and Peacemaking and he meets the IACP standards as a Collaborative trainer.
Collaborative Law and Mediation
I am a family lawyer practicing primarily in the collaborative model. I am committed to changing the often-destructive manner in which people divorce and believe that the collaborative model offers a positive way to restructure and move forward. I am also committed to supporting the growth of collaborative practice in my community and worldwide.
I am a board member and past president of the British Columbia Collaborative Roster Society, a member and past director of Collaborative Divorce Vancouver and currently on the board of IACP. I am a co-chair of the Access to Collaborative Committee with IACP and a past chair of the Access to Collaboration Committee of the Roster Society. Access to Collaboration is near and dear to me. I have been a trainer of the introductory collaborative model in BC with the Roster Society.
Real Estate Law
I am an experienced and compassionate attorney in Erie, Pennsylvania with over 40 years of experience under my belt. I am absolutely convinced that the collaborative process offers a far better solution for families in distress. I provide counsel and representation to individuals and families with regard to all aspects of divorce and family law.
I truly believe this process is the best way for any couple to end their marriage and/or resolve any issues of custody and support. This process allows the couple to have full control over how their property is divided, and more importantly how their child(ren) will be raised.
I am also developing a civil collaborative practice law to assist people that are having disputes with family members regarding their employment, their business dealings or resolution of difficult estates.
The collaborative process affords privacy, respect and dignity, and most importantly allows you, the parties, to help frame these very important solutions for you and your family. I deeply believe in this process and endorse it. Further, it is faster, less expensive and provides a far better durable lasting solution than any litigated proceeding.
I'd be pleased and honored to offer my services should you wish to schedule a consultation.
Attorney Adam B. Cordover is a leader in the Tampa Bay and international collaborative law community. He is a Board Member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, serves as Chair of the Ethics and Standards Committee and Website Content Committee, and served as a past Co-Chair of the Research Committee. He served as President of Next Generation Divorce (growing it to become one of the nation's largest collaborative practice groups), Research Co-Chair of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and he speaks at professional, civic, and religious organizations regarding the collaborative family law process. Adam is also one of 23 graduates of the IACP Leadership Academy.
Adam is a collaborative trainer and founding member of the Tampa Bay Collaborative Trainer (with whom he teaches 2-Day Introductory and Skill-Building Collaborative Courses) and Peacemaking Practice Trainers (with whom he teaches Practice-Building courses, i.e., how to make collaborative practice your day job).
Additionally, Adam is a co-author, along with internationally-renowned collaborative practitioner Forrest (Woody) Mosten, of an upcoming American Bar Association book on Building A Satisfying and Profitable Collaborative Law Practice.
Adam successfully spearheaded an effort of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit to push forward an administrative order recognizing and recommending collaborative family law (just the fourth such administrative order in Florida). Additionally, Adam was a collaborative attorney in Florida's first pro bono collaborative divorce. Adam also used the collaborative process to help same sex parties reach a settlement and become the first dissolution of marriage case in Florida to challenge the state's Defense of Marriage Act and Florida Constitutional Amendment banning recognition of same-sex marriage via an action for divorce.
Adam handles all sorts of Florida family law matters, including divorce, military divorce, collaborative divorce, paternity, child support, modification, enforcement, support unconnected with divorce, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, domestic partnership agreements, relocation, change of name, and adoption (including non-relative adoption, close relative adoption, stepparent adoption, second parent adoption, and adult adoption).
Adam is licensed to practice law in Florida.
Adam now practices exclusively in out-of-court dispute resolution with a focus on collaborative divorce and family law.
Collaborative Law, Family Law, Financial, Teaching
Brian is the founding president of Collaborative Practice Simcoe County and founding owner of The Mediation Centre of Simcoe County. Brian has been practicing family law since 1990, mediation since 1994 and Collaborative Team Practice since 2001. Brian also teaches Collaborative Team Practice through The Divorce Team.
Civil Law, Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation, Probate Law
I am an Advocate and Solicitor in Singapore. I am a trained mediator and collaborative professional. I believe that alternattive dispute resolution is the best way to assist my clients to solve all legal problems.
Family Law, Personal Injury, Estate Planning, Probate, Mediation
I work with families to help them create out of court resolutions that reflect what each of them feels is fair and just rather than having a third party impose a resolution on them. This work results in durable agreements that minimize the emotional and financial impact on the families with whom I work, in addition to benefitting children as the conflict between their parents is reduced. I am an advocate of Peacemaking: Let It Begin With Me, and work to model that approach to life and work as a daily practice.